Hicks to Injured List as Tuesday Starter Oviedo Recalled by St. Louis

photo: Jordan Hicks via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon (Tuesday, May 4) that they have placed right-handed pitcher Jordan Hicks (right elbow inflammation) on the 10-day Injured List, retroactive to May 2, and recalled right-handed pitcher Johan Oviedo from Memphis (AAA).   Oviedo is scheduled to start tonight’s game against the New York Mets.

Jordan Hicks

Hicks has worked 10.0 innings in his 10 games this season, recording three Holds while striking out 10 and walking 10 in his first big league action since June of 2019.

Johan Oviedo

Oviedo will be making his third appearance (2nd start) of the 2021 season tonight.  The 6-5, 255-pound rookie has fanned 11 in 9.2 innings, allowing just five hits and three runs.   His last appearance came in a start last Wednesday (April 28) vs. Philadelphia when he struck out seven over 5.0 innings and allowed just three hits.

Brian Walton’s take

There is not much to say as these moves were expected. The key piece of news is what Hicks’ prognosis will be. This article will be updated once that information is disclosed.

Update: Hicks is expected to miss at four weeks “fingers crossed”, per Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak. He explained this is a new injury, not related to Hicks’ 2019 Tommy John surgery and that additional surgery is not on the table at this time. Rest has been prescribed with the possibility of stem cell/PRP injections to speed healing.

With an off day coming on Monday, May 10, it will be interesting to see if Oviedo is kept on the active roster or is returned to Memphis in favor of either another hitter or a reliever.

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